Wolf Recovery in Crosshairs Again

A remote trail camera captured three gray wolf pups playing in Lassen County in June 2017. Photo: U.S. Forest Service.
A remote trail camera captured three gray wolf pups playing in Lassen County in June 2017. Photo: U.S. Forest Service.

Once again, gray wolves are in the crosshairs. On March 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally announced its plan to delist gray wolves across the lower 48 states. Ten years ago, the Obama administration tried to remove gray wolves from Endangered Species Act protections, but enough lawsuits and complaints stopped it from proceeding. Now the Trump administration, which has proven to be no friend to the environment, is trying again.

The return of wolves to some regions should be celebrated and fostered, but the federal government sees the recovering wolf populations in some regions as an excuse to abandon the commitments that it made to protect them across the country, which will leave wolf families vulnerable to trophy hunters, ranchers, and the interests of state governments.
Wolf recovery is still in the very early stages in many places, however. In 2011, gray wolves were spotted in California for the first time in decades.

EPIC and others are striving to protect and restore wolf populations and their native habitat in the northwest and throughout America. We will fight to convince U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, either through lawsuits or petitions, that wolves deserve a place in this country just as much as we do. Stay tuned for future action alterts from EPIC and other organizations!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will accept public comments until May 14, 2019. More information and a link to make formal comments can be found at https://www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery/.

EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center, also has a petition you can sign online: https://www.wildcalifornia.org/blog/wolves-in-danger-act-now

Click here for more information about California’s known wolves, compiled by EPIC.